How many times does it occur to you that something you’re about to do is wrong, but you end up doing it anyway? Have you ever felt remorse, promise yourself you will never do it again, and then end up doing the exact same thing not long after?
Last week we discussed how there is something inside each and every of us that continually urges and convinces us to do destructive behavior. How this is something that all people, including non-religious people or those who attend a modern Christian church in Dubai are exempted from this.
The reason there’s an internal battle inside all of us, as the apostle Paul explained, is because SIN lives inside of us. We were all born in Adam, and in Adam there was sin and condemnation. Because we were born in sin, it sometimes feels like sin is our master and at times we think we are unable to control it.
Living as slaves to sin
Why do those who have been freed from the power of sin continue to live in it? Why would you keep saying yes to a master who is no longer your master? Apostle Paul asks if we know that there is so much more to the fact that Christ died for our sins so we can go to heaven someday. All of us who were baptized in Christ were baptized in his death.
Taking the word ‘baptized’ without the religious connotation, it means ‘to put something in something’. In this case, we were taken out of Adam and into Jesus.
As we previously discussed, when we were with Adam, what was true of Adam was true of us, hence we were born condemned by God. This explains why sometimes we feel separated from God and felt helpless to fight against the power of sin.
Apostle Paul enlightens us as to how the death of Christ was what inevitably freed us from being slaves to sin.
Old self vs New self
When you become a Christian, you are taken out of Adam and baptized into Christ. When we were placed in Christ, what is true of Christ is now true of us. This means that the moment Christ died for us, we died with him, and all the ramifications of his death became true of us. Just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. The parts of us that were ruled by sin is no longer under its power.
Sin is not your master
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
While temptation will still incessantly come knocking on our doors no matter what, we are now aware that in truly accepting that Jesus’ death and resurrection freed us from slavery to sin. We cannot stop the opportunities and the urge to sin, but we can remind ourselves the following “Sin is not my master. I am dead to sin but alive to God.”